\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) , especially New England ˈsu̇n \

Definition of soon

1 : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive
4 archaic : before the usual time
5 obsolete : at once : immediately

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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The first known use of soon was before the 12th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Soon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now
: in a short time after something happens
: in a quick way


\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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